AKS Lytham Deputy Head Boy, Edward from Blackpool has been honoured by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant at the annual Lord-Lieutenant’s Awards for Lancashire.
Petty Officer Cadet Edward Farrer, aged 18, was awarded Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate of Merit, recognised as a laudatory honour throughout the Armed Services, in recognition of his exceptional service with Lytham St Annes & Fylde Sea Cadets. The presentation was made by the Lord Shuttleworth KCVO, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Lancashire, during a ceremony held at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston.
Edward joined Lytham St Annes & Fylde Sea Cadets at the age of 11. With the Sea Cadets he has gained Royal Yachting Association qualifications in a variety of water sports. He also represented his unit during a special debate in the House of Lords. For the last four years he has commanded the guard at St Annes Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday. In 2014 he joined the Sea Cadets’ flagship TS ROYALIST for a one-week voyage across the Irish Sea. Edward is currently in the process of applying to become a Warfare Officer in the Royal Navy.
Edward said: “I was greatly surprised and humbled to receive this award as I was totally unaware of my nomination. It is a remarkable award to commemorate my time as a cadet; as I look to the future, the receipt of this award is an immense honour and a huge confidence boost towards my application to join the Royal Navy as an officer. I am thankful; for all the training and opportunities my unit and the wider Sea Cadets community have provided me.”
Colonel Mark Underhill, Chief Executive of the North West Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association which runs the awards, said: “The Lord-Lieutenant’s Awards give us an opportunity to recognise the selfless commitment and achievements of the young people and adults who are members of the Cadet organisations. The Cadet movement offers unparalleled opportunities for young people in our region to learn, grow and excel. We must ensure that these opportunities continue to be accessible to young people from all backgrounds, and this is only possible with the support of the dedicated Adult Volunteers who deliver the quality experiences, adventure and community projects our cadets enjoy.”
The annual ceremony, which celebrates the achievements of members of the Reserve Forces and Cadet organisations, saw nine adults and young people from across Lancashire honoured.
We are all very proud of Ed at AKS and wish him the very best of luck with his future career.